no·​mad | \ ˈnō-ˌmad How to pronounce nomad (audio) , British also ˈnä- \

Definition of nomad

1 : a member of a people who have no fixed residence but move from place to place usually seasonally and within a well-defined territory For centuries nomads have shepherded goats, sheep, and cattle across the … semiarid grasslands …Discovery
2 : an individual who roams about He lived like a nomad for a few years after college, never holding a job in one place for very long.

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Other Words from nomad

nomad adjective
nomadism \ ˈnō-​ˌma-​ˌdi-​zəm How to pronounce nomad (audio) \ noun

Examples of nomad in a Sentence

He lived like a nomad for a few years after college, never holding a job in one place for very long. after college she became quite the nomad, backpacking through Europe with no particular destination
Recent Examples on the Web This nomad found a home at the 2021 Academy Awards: Frances McDormand won Best Actress during Sunday night's ceremony for her starring role in Nomadland. Dana Rose Falcone,, "Frances McDormand Jokes 2021 Oscars Should Have Had a 'Karaoke Bar' as She Wins Best Actress," 25 Apr. 2021 However, this is no longer dependent on proximity in the Internet era, and the contemporary nomad tends to be much more virtually interconnected, members of quite vast online communities that are globally dispersed. Jim Dobson, Forbes, "Outrageous Designs For Nomadic Living In A Post-Pandemic World," 18 Mar. 2021 As vaccinations increase and the world begins to slowly open up, the idea of becoming a digital nomad—working remotely while traveling every few months to a new destinations—sounds more and more appealing. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "What We Wish We Knew Before Moving Abroad: Women Who Travel Podcast," 17 Mar. 2021 The country has eased restrictions in recent weeks and is looking into creating a digital nomad visa to drum up visitors who'll make lasting contributions to the local economy. CNN, "Travel to Costa Rica during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go," 14 Apr. 2021 But in his second season with the Eagles, Parkey tore groin muscles in the third game, an injury that turned him into an NFL nomad. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Cody Parkey: ‘It’s a great time to be a Cleveland Brown’," 11 Apr. 2021 Keeping your finances under control as a digital nomad may seem daunting. Serenity Gibbons, Forbes, "If You Dream Of Being A Digital Nomad, Take These 5 Financial Steps," 6 Apr. 2021 Bruder’s portrayal of the nomad life is heartbreaking, but also full of humanity. Shannon Carlin,, "Nomadland Isn’t Exactly A True Story — But It’s More Fact Than Fiction," 22 Feb. 2021 Removing an alpha male may disrupt pack dynamics for a short while but a nomad will soon be along to take its place. Popular Science, "Eastern coyotes are increasingly common—here are 5 facts to know about them," 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of nomad

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nomad

Latin nomad-, nomas member of a wandering pastoral people, from Greek, from nemein

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3 May 2021

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“Nomad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nomad

: a member of a group of people who move from place to place instead of living in one place all the time


no·​mad | \ ˈnō-ˌmad How to pronounce nomad (audio) \

Kids Definition of nomad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a member of a people having no permanent home but moving from place to place usually in search of food or to graze livestock
2 : a person who moves often



Kids Definition of nomad (Entry 2 of 2)

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